30 regional projects win Meed awards
Dubai, April 1, 2013
Thirty of the highest quality projects in Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE have been declared national winners of the 2013 Meed Quality Awards for Projects.
The projects were shortlisted by a panel of judges, all respected experts in the projects industry, on the basis of their economic, social and environmental impact; as well as innovations and achievements in design, engineering and construction, a statement from Meed said.
UAE led the region with nine national winners, followed by Saudi Arabia and Oman with six apiece. Qatar scooped four national awards, while Bahrain and Kuwait had three and two, respectively.
“The GCC’s rapid progression demands high integrity and constant innovation, as projects play a crucial role throughout the region. Despite the growing competitiveness of project excellence, this has been strongly reflected within the competing projects,” said Abraham Akkawi, partner and head of infrastructure and PPP advisory services, Mena, Ernst & Young.
The UAE national winners include the Dubai International Airport – Concourse A project from Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects Corporation which is now shortlisted for the GCC Transport Project of the Year category; The Gate District Towers 3, 4, 5 and 7 project owned by Sorouh Real Estate which will vie for the GCC Leisure and Tourism Project of the Year award; the Etihad Towers Project from Sheikh Suroor Bin Mohammad Al Nahyan projects department which is now shortlisted for the GCC Building Project of the Year honours.
Also winning on the national level are Ducab HV and EHV Facility owned by Ducab HV which will be competing for the GCC Industrial Project of the Year award; Gulf Petrochem Project at Fujairah which will move on to the regional competition for the Mashreq Oil & Gas Project of the Year award; Sheikh Zayed Desert Learning Centre owned by the Zoo & Aquarium Public Institution in Al Ain WildLife Park & Resort (nominated by Ed Zublin), now a regional contender in the GCC Social Project of the Year category.
Rounding up the UAE national winners are the Siemens Head Office Project owned by the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company which is now being judged for the GCC Sustainable Project of the Year; UAE Pavilion Project in Saadiyat Island owned by Abu Dhabi’s Tourism Development and Investment Company which will vie for the GCC Social Project of the Year award; and the Al Barari Development Phase 1 Infrastructure Works owned by Al Barari which will compete in the GCC Water & Water Reuse Project of the Year category.
National winners from Saudi Arabia include the Development of King Abdul Aziz Endowment Project (Makkah) owned the Saudi Binladin Group which will compete in two categories, the GCC Leisure and Tourism Project of the Year and the GCC Social Project of the Year; the Ma'aden Ammonia Plant Project owned Ma’aden which will vie for the Mashreq Oil & Gas Project of the Year award; and the Information Technology and Communications Complex owned by the Saudi Arabian Public Pensions Agency which qualifies for the GCC Social Project of the Year category.
The King Saud University (KSU) Girls Campus project owned by the King Saud University (nominated by Schneider Electric Saudi Arabia), was also named one of the national winners and is now shortlisted for the GCC Sustainable Project of the Year award; and the Dhahran Sports Facility owned by Saudi Aramco which is in contention for the GCC Small Project of the Year award.
Oman’s winning projects are the New Port & Dry-Dock Complex at Duqm owned by Oman’s Ministry of Transport & Communications shortlisted for the GCC Transport Project of the Year award; the Octal Petrochemicals Expansion Phase owned by Octal Petrochemicals which will compete for the Mashreq Oil & Gas Project of the Year award and the Octal Project owned by Octal Petrochemicals for the GCC Social Project of the Year.
The Barka III IPP Project owned by Al-Suwadi Power Company is also a national winner and will vie for the GCC Power and Water Desalination Project of the Year award; along with the Al Massara Psychiatric Hospital owned by Oman’s Ministry of Health, which is shortlisted for the GCC Social Project of the Year category; and the Sewage Treatment Plant of Duqm Crowne Plaza owned by Omran which will compete for the GCC Water and Water Reuse Project of the Year honours.
This year’s Qatar national winners include the Qatar Electricity Transmission Projects owned by the Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation which will vie in the GCC Power and Water Desalination Project of the Year category; and the Doha Towers project owned by Sheikh Saoud Bin Mohamed Bin Ali Al Thani which is now shortlisted in the GCC Building Project of the Year award.
Two other projects named joint national winners in the transport project category will compete for the GCC Transport Project of the Year award - they are the Ras Laffan Port Expansion Project owned by Qatar Petroleum and the Primary Infrastructure Works - Construction Package 2 Project owned by Lusail Real Estate Development Company.
Meanwhile, Bahrain’s national winners include the North Manama Causeway Project owned by Bahrain’s Ministry of Works which will compete in the GCC Transport of the Year award; the replacement of steam turbo-generators at No. 2 Power Plant Project owned by Bapco, now a contender in the GCC Power and Water Desalination Project of the Year category; and the University Medical Centre Project owned by the Arabian Gulf University which will vie for the GCC Small Project of the Year award.
Finally, national winners from Kuwait include The Avenues Project owned by the Mabanee Company, which will now compete regionally for the GCC Leisure and Tourism Project of the Year award; and the Land Development and infrastructure works at the North Sulaibkhat owned by the government’s Public Authority for Housing Welfare which qualifies for the GCC Social Project of the Year category.
“The National Winners of all GCC countries deserve the highest commendations for completing projects which will have a tremendous impact on the continued development of the region,” said Edmund O’Sullivan, chairman of the judging panel.
GCC winners will be announced at the annual Meed Quality Awards for Projects, in association with Ernst & Young on May 14 at the Jumeirah at Etihad Towers in Abu Dhabi.
The GCC-wide awards programme held in association with Ernst & Young recognises completed quality projects. – TradeArabia News Service